Little league tournament to brave heat this weekend

By Andrew Wittenberg  - bio | email | Twitter

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - For now, it's the sound of lawn mowers and touch up paint at American Little League.

Saturday, the cheers of parents, rooting on their kids at the state tournament in Columbus will take over.

On Friday, American Little League President Melissa Mathis sets up for a banquet, as more than 300 players, coaches, family and friends come to Columbus for the 12 year old Georgia State Baseball Tournament.

But, it's the opponent you can't see that will impact everyone.

It's a game you don't want to lose, against the heat.

"We have made sure that we're going to have two coolers in each dugout. One's going to have gatorade or powerade, whichever, and the other is going to be water, ice water, Mathis said.

Used to the sweltering Georgia heat, Gary Holt, from Warner Robins, is prepared.

"We've got a cooler in the car, full of gatorade's, drinks, because you know the heat index is over 100. Easily 105, 106, going into the news this morning, in Warner Robins, so yeah, we got a lot of fluids to hydrate with," Holt said.

The host organization has even taken more precaution, with paramedics on hand throughout the tournament, in case anyone is overcome by triple digit temperatures.

That's not all.

"And making sure the umpires are very aware of the heat and they will make adjustments as needed, as far as, taking a timeout if they know it's that hot, they really need to take a break or whatever, they're very conscious of the heat index," Mathis said.

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